Instant Pot City Chicken is something I might not ever have encountered had my family never transferred from Illinois.
City Chicken is assorted cubes of meat placed on a skewer and it may resemble a chicken leg, generally fried in oil.
However, my version of Instant Pot City Chicken is not fried, making it a healthier alternative to the original recipes that circulate.
I know that this is Easiest Instant Pot City Chicken Recipe: Yummy Simplified!
For those who have experienced City Chicken, you just can’t help falling in love with the taste of each bite.
Every Bite of Instant Pot City Chicken Leads To Another!
As mentioned, I’ve given this recipe a revamp, because cooking with oil is just so yesterday!
Get ready for a simple city chicken recipe that offers fast gratification, small messes, simple ingredients resulting in meat cooked right.
Translation: the Instant Pot City Chicken recipe creates meat that just falls off the wooden skewer.
Instant Pot City Chicken quickly comes together with simple ingredients and less mess!
This simple to recreate recipe is worth its weight in gold.
Now it’s time to share the how-to-make Instant Pot City Chicken with you!
What is Instant Pot City Chicken
Different cubed cuts of meat combined and then placed on a skewer may resemble a chicken leg and yield a hearty comfort meal.
What you won’t find in the mixture is chicken meat.
Instead, most city chicken skewers are made with pork, veal, and beef cubes.
That’s the beauty of City Chicken, it’s a culmination of many types of meat, not just one.
A Chicago Girl’s Reaction to City Chicken
My parents were from Pittsburgh and transferred to Chicago and back. Gramma Stella, my mom’s mom, prepared City Chicken, however, it was fried.
Oil and a frying pan are not the norms, but I do have an incredible Fried Chicken recipe you should try if you love fried eats!
Rolling with our new lifestyles and technology, the Instant Pot provides the perfect way to upgrade, and update this meal!
Instead of frying, I converted the recipe to an easy, no-spatter mess, with a healthier twist.
By my cooking standards, I’ve kept it simple, savory, and authentic, without wasting time from pot to plate!
Instant Pot City Chicken Is Easy & So Is Cleanup!
Make Instant Pot applesauce to go with this comfort-food main dish!
You can make Instant Pot City Chicken any night of the week because it is fairly easy to prep making it slightly effortless.
Unlike cooking with frying it in oil, and dealing with spatter, you do not have ANY of that mess!
Since owning an Instant Pot, my love affair with this old favorite has been reignited.
No spatter, no real mess, instead, simple ingredients combined in an incredible kitchen appliance.
Why Make Instant Pot City Chicken Instead of Fried City Chicken?
Never worry that this won’t turn out moist and delicious just worry about making enough!
When using an Instant Pot or other brands of electric pressure cookers, you can rest assured the meat will be moist as the juice is sealed in!
<h3I’d Be Willing To Bet That Instant Pot City Chicken Will Be A Family Fave!
Not only will your Instant Pot City Chicken win over the toughest in-home food critics it will win you over as well.
Easy instant pot chicken is deliciously simple!
Making Instant Pot City Chicken
Before I start, let me run through the prep and cook timing, so we are clear on how fast this is going to be. If you buy the meat already on skewers,
Zero minutes to meat prep, however, I buy, cube, and skew my own, it’s all personal preference!
Breading and placement on the skewers may take about 2 minutes tops!
Sauteing fast on each side, about 6 minutes for all.
Right now you are just at 8 minutes in prep time.
Once you seal the lid, it is an additional 24 minutes, and since you were sauteing, you should not have long to build the pressure.
Total prep to cooking time should average around, 35 minutes.
(8 Prep + 24 Cooking + 3 for pressure to build + 10 to let pressure naturally release).
Meat Overview To Start you Off with Instant Pot City Chicken
Choose your favorite cuts of meat and cube them.
Use cuts like pork, veal, beef, etc.
You can opt for any cuts of meat that are your favorite and yes that is pretty much all there is to the meat portion of this recipe.
Enjoy Your Delicious City Chicken – Tips!
Instant Pot city chicken is fast and fabulous and you will be using a light dash of some sort of oil in the liner to ‘sear and seal’ the skewers but not anywhere NEAR what you would use if you were frying. If you don’t use the oil, the meat and breading WILL stick to the Instant Pot liner and that causes other chaos (let’s just say I already tried this for you! )
Next, do not overfill the water with this recipe, instead just enough like a level or slightly less than level with the meat. More is not better it is just more.
Instant Pot City Chicken Is Deliciously Simple & The Secret Ingredient Seals the Deal!
Your secret to success is in this bottle and trust me it will do its thing and the meat will be super tender and taste amazing.
If you prefer to not use 6″ wood skewers, just used cubed meat and eliminate them, it’s fine. Also, note, that you don’t want skewers that are bigger than the width of your pressure cooker liner!
As referenced above, you can dunk this into a whisked egg, then breadcrumbing, the taste will alter a bit, but you can do it.
If you’re looking for more unique recipes for your Instant Pot, check out my Instant Pot Ham!
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Instant Pot City Chicken
- 1 1/2 C Bread Crumbs
- 3 Tablespoons Gravy Master
- 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 C Water - 3/4 Water no more
- 12 Skewers of City Chicken Meat 3 Cubes Each 6"
- 2 pounds of meat approximately your choice, chicken or pork
- Dash of fresh pepper is optional
- *Optional Eggs for Breading - for those that want to use an egg for breading you can.
- Simply whisk an egg and dunk the meat into that first, then the breadcrumb mixture.
- Skew Meat Cubes - about 3 healthy cubes per skewer.
- Fill a bowl with the bread crumbs.
- Next, use tongs and pick up a skewer of meat, turning meat and coating as you turn.
- When you are done you will have a platter stacked and waiting to prepared.
- Don't worry the Instant Pot can take this task on easily, you will be doing this in segments.
- This is the part that takes the most time and really it's about 5 minutes total to get these all turned and seared, that's it!
- Remove each coated piece to a platter. Continue to coat all skewers and return to the plate. It's now about to be all about the Instant Pot.
- The breading takes just minutes, and do make sure to shake off any excess, that is why I use tongs, not fingers, it is quicker and cleaner.
- Alternatively, you could use a baggie to bread (do be mindful the skewer could poke a hole in the baggie!)
- Turn Instant Pot On to Saute and put Olive Oil in the liner.
- Now, transfer about 6 skewers at a time into the Instant Pot. You are going to saute these, sealing in the juices, turn to all 4 sides, just quickly sauteing.
- Remove the first batch of six and place it on a platter.
- Next, and you may need to add more olive oil (add 2 more tablespoons if necessary).
- Once all the skewers have been seared/sauteed, transfer from the plate and replace all into the Instant Pot.
- Now it is time to do an 'S' formation across the meat with the Gravy Master.
- This just means, start at the to of the meat in the pot and go to the bottom, working right to left, creating a design of an 'S' across the meat with the gravy master.
- It evenly distributes it this way.
- *** Alternatively, just put the Gravy Master into the pot between the meat.
- Either way, add in the water.
- Turn off the mode from Saute.
- Place lid atop Instant Pot.
- Last, choose Meat/Stew and use the minutes that show as 24 minutes. That is all you have to do.
- When the meat is done cooking, you can choose to use the Natural Release Method, or force release with a wet washcloth covering release so steam does not spew everywhere.
- Serve and enjoy!